Low: Dutch fans want a 4-3-3 formation at Euro 2020

ZEST (Netherlands) (AFP) – A small plane flew over the European Championship training ground in the Netherlands on Saturday and hoisted a banner reading “Dutch” explicit. Only 4-3-3!

“It’s not something you see every day,” Dutch captain Georginio Wijnaldum said on Sunday on the eve of the opening match of Euro 2020 against Ukraine.

from strange sky Central Zest is the latest contribution to the ongoing national debate over which formation coach Frank de Boer should play, with many die-hard fans urging that it should be the 4-3-3 attacking style they believe is in the game. The DNA is woven into the soccer ball. country.

Whoever paid the pilot for the trick would be disappointed. De Boer said he will start Sunday’s match at Johan Cruyff Stadium, with what he described as a 3-5-2 formation. This means three defenders, five midfielders and only two attackers.

Some argue that it is a counterattack designed to stifle opponents and counterattack. They want more passes and quick attacks in football, which they consider the country’s signature style and claim 4-3-3 is the schedule.

De Boer replied that his 3-5-2 style is designed to move forward, with a five-man midfielder, including one from each side at the top of the field – more like a winger than a linebacker.

The discussion went on for years. When the Netherlands appeared for the last time in a major tournament, the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Louis van Gaal was the coach. did the same. He started with a 5-3-2 system and moved to 4-3-3 as he called it “Plan B” when his team was behind. This tactic propelled the Netherlands to the semi-finals, where the team lost to Argentina on penalties.

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De Boer, who coached the national team in his first major tournament, was unimpressed by the criticism from above.

He joked that he also chartered a plane to bring out a sign that read “Thanks for the tip, but it’s still 3-5-2.”


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